Tapas with a taste of the world
TEXT: MALIN NORMAN | PHOTO © STHLM TAPAS
When visiting Stockholm, it is well recommended to drop by Sthlm Tapas to try the tasty dishes on offer along with some delicious cava, and take the opportunity to enjoy the friendly service. Go on, take a break from your everyday routine!
The concept at Sthlm Tapas involves serving small dishes from all over the world. “It’s not a typical Spanish restaurant, although traditional tapas are also lovely,” explains owner Patrick Nendren. “Here, we do tapas our own way and serve a mix of dishes from all over the world, made of good-quality produce and with great flavours – perfect for sharing with family or friends.”
Sthlm Tapas started its first venue in Kungsholmen six years ago, and a year later, the second restaurant opened in Vasastan. Key at both venues is, of course, tasty food, but also fabulous customer service. As Nendren puts it, “we want to spread happiness through great service. In our restaurant, everyone is equal. Coming for a meal should be simple, frictionless. And lots of our customers have actually become good friends.”
“It’s not the first time I visit Sthlm Tapas and for sure not the last,” one recent customer says about the experience. “The attention you get from the staff does not exist in other restaurants. They know exactly when you need a refill or want to order more, and the food kept on getting better as the dishes appeared. The squid, the dumplings and the goat’s cheese are safe cards! You feel seen and appreciated as a guest, and I will tell everyone I know about this place. Five plus!”
Water for charity
In order to give back to the world, Sthlm Tapas has launched the project Water4Charity, where venues, together with their customers, raise money for charity. The restaurants charge two Swedish kronor per customer who drinks water, and match this with another two kronor per customer, and they have already raised over 250,000 kronor. In 2017, they raised money for Charity: Water, and this year for Hand in Hand. The team also organises events: for instance, customer takeovers in terms of entertainment,where all money goes to charity. “We all have a responsibility, and life is too short not to help each other,” says Nendren. “If we can make the world a better place, we will.”